B-159255, JUL. 25, 1966

B-159255: Jul 25, 1966

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YOU SAY THAT REIMBURSEMENT WAS LIMITED TO THE MOVEMENT OF THE HOUSE TRAILER ONLY ON THE BASIS OF BUREAU OF THE BUDGET CIRCULAR NO. A 56 WHICH STATES THAT AN EMPLOYEE WHO IS ENTITLED TO TRANSPORTATION OF HIS HOUSEHOLD GOODS SHALL. YOU POINT OUT THAT IF THE EMPLOYEE HAD MOVED THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT ALLOWABLE ON THE BASIS OF THE COMMUTED RATE FOR HOUSEHOLD GOODS HIS CLAIM WOULD HAVE BEEN 7. ISAACSON HAD SUFFICIENT JUSTIFICATION FOR THE SHIPMENT OF THE ADDITIONAL HOUSEHOLD GOODS AND THE TOTAL AMOUNT BEING CLAIMED IS LESS THAN THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT ALLOWABLE UNDER THE COMMUTED RATE SYSTEM. AUTHORIZES PAYMENT FOR MOVEMENT OF A HOUSE TRAILOR IN LIEU OF PAYMENT OF A COMMUTED RATE FOR MOVEMENT OF HOUSEHOLD GOODS AND IS THE BASIS FOR THE REGULATIONS IN SECTION 6 OF BUREAU OF THE BUDGET CIRCULAR NO.

B-159255, JUL. 25, 1966

TO AUTHORIZED CERTIFYING OFFICER, BUREAU OF RECLAMATION, UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR:

YOUR LETTER OF MAY 20, 1966, REQUESTS OUR DECISION WHETHER A VOUCHER FOR $246.38 IN FAVOR OF MR. J. LYNN ISAACSON MAY BE CERTIFIED FOR PAYMENT.

YOU INFORM US THAT MR. ISAACSON, WHEN TRANSFERRED FROM CASTLE DALE, UTAH, TO WEISER, IDAHO, HAD HIS HOUSE TRAILER TRANSPORTED BY A COMMERCIAL HAULER AND, IN ADDITION, PERSONALLY HAULED 2,190 POUNDS OF HOUSEHOLD GOODS IN A TRAILER PULLED BEHIND HIS PRIVATE AUTOMOBILE. ALSO, YOU SAY THAT REIMBURSEMENT WAS LIMITED TO THE MOVEMENT OF THE HOUSE TRAILER ONLY ON THE BASIS OF BUREAU OF THE BUDGET CIRCULAR NO. A 56 WHICH STATES THAT AN EMPLOYEE WHO IS ENTITLED TO TRANSPORTATION OF HIS HOUSEHOLD GOODS SHALL, IN LIEU OF SUCH TRANSPORTATION, BE ENTITLED TO AN ALLOWANCE FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF A HOUSE TRAILER FOR USE AS A RESIDENCE.

YOU POINT OUT THAT IF THE EMPLOYEE HAD MOVED THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT ALLOWABLE ON THE BASIS OF THE COMMUTED RATE FOR HOUSEHOLD GOODS HIS CLAIM WOULD HAVE BEEN 7,000 POUNDS AT $9.60 FOR A TOTAL PAYMENT OF $672, AND THAT THE COST FOR THE MOVEMENT OF THE HOUSE TRAILER PLUS THE AMOUNT NOW BEING CLAIMED FOR THE 2,190 POUNDS DOES NOT EXCEED THIS AMOUNT. YOU ASK WHETHER THE ADDITIONAL CLAIM CAN BE ALLOWED SINCE MR. ISAACSON HAD SUFFICIENT JUSTIFICATION FOR THE SHIPMENT OF THE ADDITIONAL HOUSEHOLD GOODS AND THE TOTAL AMOUNT BEING CLAIMED IS LESS THAN THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT ALLOWABLE UNDER THE COMMUTED RATE SYSTEM.

SECTION 1 (B) OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES ACT OF 1946, 60 STAT. 807, AS AMENDED, 5 U.S.C. 73B-1 (B), AUTHORIZES PAYMENT FOR MOVEMENT OF A HOUSE TRAILOR IN LIEU OF PAYMENT OF A COMMUTED RATE FOR MOVEMENT OF HOUSEHOLD GOODS AND IS THE BASIS FOR THE REGULATIONS IN SECTION 6 OF BUREAU OF THE BUDGET CIRCULAR NO. A-56. SECTION 1 (B) OF THAT ACT PROHIBITS PAYMENT OF BOTH A MILEAGE RATE FOR TRANSPORTING A HOUSE TRAILER AND A COMMUTED RATE FOR TRANSPORTING HOUSEHOLD GOODS AND EFFECTS, 41 COMP. GEN. 811.

CONSEQUENTLY, THE VOUCHER, WHICH IS RETURNED HEREWITH, MAY NOT BE CERTIFIED FOR PAYMENT.